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ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award Winners

The ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students. Each year Rackham invites faculty to nominate the dissertations produced in their programs that were outstanding. The nomination dossiers submitted then are read and discussed by a review panel of faculty members who identify the finalists. Then, members of the Michigan Society of Fellows read the finalists’ dissertations, review the merits, and select the winners. Listed here as well are the Distinguished Dissertation Award honorable mentions, who also produced outstanding and noteworthy dissertations.

The recipients of this year’s dissertation awards are:

Announcing a Restructure of Rackham's Programming for Graduate Students

Rackham’s Office of Graduate Student Success has been integrated into the Dean’s Office under a new unit: Graduate Student Programs. The two new units and their titles reflect strategic program priorities as outlined by Dean Carol A. Fierke: 1) Professional and Academic Development and 2) Recruitment and Graduate Student Engagement. These teams represent Rackham's commitment to provide programs to recruit and support a thriving, diverse, and inclusive graduate student community.

Welcoming Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman as Associate Dean

Rackham welcomed Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, Professor in the departments of Afroamerican and African Studies and Communication Studies, as the new Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Initiatives on August 1, 2016.

Dr. Means Coleman has worked with Rackham in the past by serving on the Rackham Executive Board, the Rackham Summit on Diversity in Higher Education Committee, the Big Ten Academic Alliance SROP Faculty Advisory Committee, and the Rackham Outstanding GSI award committee. She is also an active member of Rackham’s Military Veterans Support Network and First-Generation Support Network.